Steve Spurrier is back. The Head Ball Coach on Saturday was named the first head coach of the Orlando team in the new Alliance of American Football.
Spurrier, 72, the Heisman Trophy winner who led the Florida Gators to their first national championship in 1996, has been out of coaching since resigning as the South Carolina Gamecocks coach in October 2015. He was 86-49 in 11 seasons at South Carolina. Spurrier was 228-89-2 in 26 seasons as a college head coach (South Carolina, Florida, Duke).
Rangers: RHP Tony Barnette (back) was not activated two days after throwing on consecutive nights on a minor league rehab assignment. Banister said the club was still monitoring his recovery coming off those appearances.
Blue Jays: Opening-day starter J.A. Happ (1-1, 5.40 ERA) makes his third start Monday in the opener of a three-game series at Baltimore.
Rangers: RHP Doug Fister (1-1, 3.12 ERA) makes his third start for Texas in the opener of a three-game series Monday against the visiting Los Angeles Angels. Fister is 3-4 with a 2.90 ERA in his career against the Angels.
Perkins was a member of the Cavs team that made the 2015 NBA Finals and was back with them for training camp this fall, before being released during the preseason. He played part of the season for the Canton Charge, the Cavs’ G League affiliate.
Perkins, 33, won a championship with the Boston Celtics in 2008 and was part of three other Finals teams in Boston, Oklahoma City and Cleveland.
His last NBA action came during the 2015-16 season, when he averaged 2.8 points and 3.5 rebounds for the New Orleans Pelicans in 37 games.
The Cavs are adding Perkins more for the veteran leadership he can provide to the Cavs’ locker room, and less for his on-court contributions, league sources told ESPN.
Spurs: Pau Gasol played in his 1,194th career game, moving past Alex English for 42nd in league history. … Danny Green was assessed his first technical foul of the season with 10:40 remaining in the first half. After missing a layup, Green began jumping and clapping his hands angrily because no foul was called on Meyers Leonard. … The Spurs hold an 84-82 lead against the Trail Blazers in their overall series.